5 celebrities with scoliosis


Scoliosis affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population, or approximately 6 million  to 9 million people. The condition accounts for more than 38,000 spinal fusion procedures each year, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. Scoliosis affects professional athletes, musicians, actors and others on a daily basis.

Here are five celebrities with scoliosis: 

Usain Bolt: World-renowned sprinter Mr. Bolt was born with scoliosis and said he does back exercises to manage his condition. 

Kurt Cobain: The lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana dealt with pain related to scoliosis since childhood and said he used the pain as an inspiration for his music. 

Yo-Yo Ma: The world-famous cellist was diagnosed with a severe form of scoliosis when he was 19, and he was told it would be life-threatening without surgery. He underwent an operation to fix it and uses his recovery in the face of setbacks as motivation in the face of uncertainty. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar: The actress, known for roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Scooby-Doo," was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child and does activities including stretching and Pilates to manage her condition.

Shailene Woodley: The actress, who starred in the "Divergent" film series and HBO's "Big Little Lies," was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager and wore a brace for weeks to treat her condition.

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